From: Romeo Cochrane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Nov 17 2000 - 00:23:07 EST
Next message: Jan Robinson: "Re: [Teacher-Talkmissinglink] It's not over."
This is very inspiring and true. I had a discussion with a teacher who has
been teaching for several years and who was resistant to looping as she
would have to change her plans that she developed for her seventh grade
class. I truly agree with you if you are not feeling a little uncomfortable
and unsure that means your'e doing the samel old same old and no learning
is occurring. Thanks for the encouraging words. I hope everything is well
P.S. I saw Corninthia(from Rochester New York) at a conference in Atlanta.
I remembered her from your Missing Link conferences in Washington.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jan Robinson <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2000 1:55 PM
Subject: [Teacher-Talkmissinglink] It's not over.
> Hi to all,
> Wanted to take this opportunity to once again encourage all of you to
> keep moving toward excellence. Learning and growing is a process and
> its never-ending. Each time you try something new, take time to
> celebrate! Especially if it didn't work out the way you planned. I
> think I have improved the most trying to figure out why a particular
> lesson didn't work and what I could do differently to make it better.
> Remember in your planning that our lessons need to be orchestrated like
> a fine symphony. Picture the opening of class, imagine what you want
> your students to be doing and then design the launch to make it happen.
> What will the "explore" look like? How will your students be grouped
> and why those groupings? What will class sound like? Where do you see
> yourself and what will you be doing? Then when its time to process the
> lesson, who will be doing most of the talking? What's your role?
> What's the important mathematics that students should be walking away
> with? Did they get there? What happens next? Powerful lessons don't
> just happen, they take time, and have a clear objective. What I have
> just described is not easy, but it is worth it. Especially when you see
> your students discover an important idea for the first time.
> Finally, I would like to share a quote with you.
> "If you want to feel secure, do what you already know how to do. If you
> want to be a true professional and continue to grow. . . go to the
> cutting-edge of your competence, which means a temporary loss of
> security. So whenever you don't quite know what you're doing, know you
> are growing."
> Madeline Hunter, 1987
> Thanks for all your efforts in providing the best mathematics
> instruction possible for our kids.
> Jan Robinson
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